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Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital – Willits, California In 1926 15 year old Frank R. Howard was injured in a very serious automobile accident. The doctor was unable to save him without a “real hospital” or emergency equipment. They were bringing up a train from San Francisco, 150 miles from Willits, when the boy died. The tragedy moved Charles Howard (played by Jeff Bridges in the movie Seabiscuit) to donate the “tremendous sum” of $30,000 for the construction of Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital—Hollister, California In 1902 nine year old Hazel (“little sunshine”) died from an appendicitis. They could not get her to a San Jose hospital, some 30 miles away, in time. Mr. T.S. Hawkins, her grandfather, gave the community a hospital in 1907.

Leland Stanford Junior University (Stanford University) –Palo Alto , California Leland Stanford, Jr. died in 1884 at the age of 15. He fell ill in Greece and died in Italy. His parents devoted their fortune to the memorial university named for their only son which opened in 1891. His father, Leland Stanford, was a powerful and wealthy Californian businessman who also served as governor and U.S. Senator. Comments

The above were created by grieving folks who could have had the hospitals built and the university started before the death of the child.

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